1 John 5



1 John 5 underscores the victory of faith over the world, the importance of the testimony concerning Jesus, confidence in prayer aligned with God's will, and the assurance of eternal life for those who believe. The chapter also includes practical guidance for interceding for fellow believers and a warning against idolatry.


  1. Faith and Overcoming the World (1 John 5:1-5): John emphasizes the relationship between faith in Jesus Christ and being born of God. Those born of God overcome the world through faith. The chapter highlights the inseparable connection between love for God and obedience to His commandments.
  2. Testimony Concerning Jesus (1 John 5:6-12): John discusses the importance of testimony, particularly the testimony concerning Jesus. Believers have received God's testimony about His Son, and those who believe in the Son have eternal life. The testimony is affirmed by the Holy Spirit, the water (possibly referring to baptism), and the blood (possibly referring to Jesus' sacrificial death).
  3. Confidence in Prayer (1 John 5:13-15): John assures believers that they can have confidence in their prayers when they pray according to God's will. Prayer aligning with God's will is effective, and God hears and answers the requests of those who seek His will.
  4. Assurance of Eternal Life (1 John 5:16-21): John discusses the concept of sin leading to death and the importance of interceding for those who sin. He reaffirms the assurance of eternal life for those who believe in Jesus. The chapter concludes with a warning to keep away from idols and a final exhortation to remain in the true God.